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Itakura, Bun / Mishio Ogawa : Stardust (Ultragash)

A flowing twilight electro-jazz cover of the standard "Stardust" from Japanese guitarist Bun Itakura and vocalist Mishio Ogawa, expanding the melody and Ogawa's phrasing with encompassing electronics and percussion from Takefumi Kobayashi; backed with an experimental "Mystery Making Factory" using paint brush, harmonic tone guitar, and mbira.

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UPC: 019250525259240

Label: Ultragash
Catalog ID: GMP/UG-02
Squidco Product Code: 32461

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve, sealed
Recorded by Yuki Mizutani and Ma To.


Bun Itakura-guitar, paint brush, effective mute picking harmonic tone guitar, bells

Mishio Ogawa-vocals

Takefumi Kobayashi-percussion, mbira, programming

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"Maxi CD Single featuring TWO unreleased tracks. Their first recording together in nearly 30 years - Bun Itakura and Mishio Ogawa have produced an amazing cover of the classic Jazz standard 'Stardust'. Itakura's new arrangement is as good as the original but totally different, the way good cover versions are supposed to be. Imagine a trippy, surrealistic version of Les Paul and Mary Ford and you'll get the picture. 8 minutes of pure sonic ecstasy.

B-side track: Mystery Making Factory - Bun Itakura's industrial noise/ambient track performed by original tools/instruments, totally different from everything you ever heard from him. Fresh and amazing new track!"-Ultragash

Artist Biographies

Itakura Bun (板倉 文) birth name Fumiaki Itakura, April 23, 1957 in Shimane Prefecture, Matsue Japan. He is a guitarist, keyboardist, composer, and producer

"Debuted in the techno new wave band Chakra. Killing Time begins around the time chakra activity stops. Since then, he has worked in many fields as a performer, composer, arranger and producer.

In combination with commercial writer and film director Jun Ichikawa, he has produced numerous commercial music, including "BU・SU", "Company Story MEMORIES OF YOU", "Tsugumi", "Death at the Hospital", and "Tadon and Chikuwa". In charge of film music. In addition, he was in charge of the music for anime such as "Urusei Yatsura 4" and "Old Man Z" and TV drama music such as "Rendezvous".

He produced the female vocal band's compilation album "Kuttute Anshin" (1984)."

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Mishio Ogawa (小川美潮) is a Japanese singer, born February 23, 1959 in Kawasaki. Participated in Chakra as a vocalist from 1978, and performed with Akira Sakata's Wha-ha-ha at the same time. Released her debut solo album in 1984.

-Mishio Ogawa Website (

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Takefumi Kobayashi (小林武文) is a Japanese drummer and percussionist, born in Tokyo.

"In addition to the drum set, he plays various Japanese and Western percussion instruments. Currently, in addition to his own group "Kotoko'n Kan", he is active in units such as Masaki Hayashi's "Ma wo Kanaderu", Mishio Ogawa Fu Tautafu, Yoshihide Otomo Special Big Band, sardine head, ludus tonalis. He also composes and arranges music for TV and movies, including "Pata-ta-pite-potatsu-pite" for NHK E-tele "Dai! Tensai TV-kun". In 2013, he participated in the NHK morning drama "Amachan" drama accompanying "Amachan Special Big Band" and participated in the 64th Kouhaku Uta Gassen. In 2016, he performed and appeared in the NHK drama "Totto TV" and in the NHK Taiga drama "Idaten" in 2019. In recent years, he has been working on various workshops using percussion instruments at elementary schools, halls, museums, etc. in various places. In 2018, he released his 1st solo CD album "memimimamon". From 2021, he is developing a solo performance using his own "video as lighting"."

-Takefumi Kobayashi Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Stardust 7:55

2. Mystery Making Factory 5:49

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